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If you are seated in a wheelchair for hours at a time, the lower spine and buttocks are at risk for pain from the non-stop pressure put on that area. Always make sure to be taking the appropriate precautions if attempting to self medicate for pain. If taking over-the-counter anti-inflammatory drugs, be sure you take the recommended dosage as stated on the box. These drugs alleviate pain by counteracting the cyclooxygenase enzyme.
This enzyme is responsible for synthesizing prostaglandins, which result in the creation of inflammation. Let it be known however, that these drugs are not intended for long term use. If used for an extended period of time (longer than two weeks), serious side effects can occur.
Pressure Relief Wheelchair Cushion
Another way to reduce pain is to cushion up your wheelchair. Cushions are available in different in different shapes and sizes and can greatly improve comfort.
Be sure to choose quality cushions when shopping as there are many cushions out there on the market which do not provide an adequate amount of pressure relief due to the poor quality of the materials used.
Changing positions in the wheelchair every two hours also helps relieve pressure and prevents sores from developing. If in a situation where immediate relief is required, many find that inserting a pillow under the offending leg helps tremendously.
It is important to note that whatever course of action you choose, that you consult with your doctor regularly to decide which method best suits you. As everyone receives pain differently, only your doctor will be able to point you to the right direction.
Ergonomic Wheelchairs with S- Shaped Seating
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